Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tony Abbott: Ramping Up the Paranoia...

"An analysis by Fairfax Media of all press releases, transcripts, speeches, interviews and YouTube videos uploaded by the Prime Minister's Office as well as Hansard reveals that Tony Abbott has used the term 'death-cult' 346 times since September. In contrast, domestic violence rated a mention just 43 times in the same period." (Abbott's 'death cult' obsession raises fears, Rachel Olding, Sydney Morning Herald, 12/5/15)

And spending like a drunken sailor:

"The government will commit a further $450 million to the fight against homegrown terrorism in the budget as it warns of a dangerous new trend towards teenagers, some as young as 14, taking up the cause of violent extremism. The new spending pushes the outlays on national security and deradicalisation programs to more than $1 billion, despite severe budgetary pressure." (Terrorism fears prompt $450m funding boost, Mark Kenny, David Wroe, Sydney Morning Herald, 12/5/15)

"The federal government will spend up to $400 million in extra funds to create a dedicated new border enforcement agency, to start operating from July 1... The extra funding means that the immigration portfolio will be the only one other than Defence to receive a boost, government sources said... The boost comes after the last budget allocated $711 million... to the creation of the Border Force." (Extra cash for armed border force, Peter Hartcher, James Massola, Sydney Morning Herald, 12/5/15)

1 comment:

hamish dyson said...

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